Our Vacation to Banff National Park - Cananda

July 30, 2017

Robin and I have wanted to visit Banff for several years- we'd read articles of the Park, viewed other's photographs and watched segments on TV depicting it's beautiful landscape. Roughly 9 months ago I started to research what to see, where to go and where to stay and of course the cost of tickets, car rentals, hotels, etc. I put together a notebook of of various places that we wanted to see and ranked them by desire and cost.

Here's a quick overview of our trip that highlights some of the things we did.

Moraine LakeMoraine LakeMoraine Lake - my favorite spot. I got up early 3 times to see the sunrise, this was my second morning and it was amazing to watch the sunrise light-up the tops of the mountain peaks. Moraine Lake - my favorite spot. I got up early 3 times to see the sunrise, this was my second morning and it was amazing to watch the sunrise light-up the tops of the mountain peaks.

Moraine LakeMoraine LakeLog Jam at the end of Moraine Lake

Log Jam at the end of Moraine Lake

Lake LouiseLake LouiseLake Louise - Taken before the rush of vacationers and canoers. The water here is something I've never seen before.

Lake Louise - Taken before the rush of vacationers and canoers. The water here is something I've never seen before.

Lake LouiseLake LouiseTaken on another day at Lake Louise

Taken on another day at Lake Louise

Mt. RundleMt. RundleMt. Rundle

Mt. Rundle

Peyto LakePeyto LakePeyto Lake - My wife and I both commented that the scene to our eyes looked faked - Similar to the way Hawaii did at times. The colors here were just so vibrant. We stay until the impending storm reached us.

Peyto Lake - My wife and I both commented that the scene to our eyes looked faked - Similar to the way Hawaii did at times. The colors here were just so vibrant. We stay until the impending storm reached us.

Marble CanyonMarble CanyonMarble Canyon Gorge

Marble Canyon Gorge

Emerald WaterEmerald Water

Mount Ogden in the distanceMount Ogden in the distanceThis was one of my favorite moments. We decided to hike to the summit of Paget Peak. Why? It was one of the "easier" hikes and I wanted a view of Mount Ogden in the distance (Our last name is Ogden). We climbed 3/4's of the way up with our four year old daughter and I decided that the increasing steap acsent combined with the loose rock was too dangerous. My wife took our daughter down to the fire look out tower while I hiked to the summit. It was very difficult as I was off trail. It was very rewarding to get to the top and view all of the mountains from such an elevation. It was about 8800 feet up.

This was one of my favorite moments. We decided to hike to the summit of Paget Peak. Why? It was one of the "easier" hikes and I wanted a view of Mount Ogden in the distance (Our last name is Ogden). We climbed 3/4's of the way up with our four year old daughter and I decided that the increasing steap acsent combined with the loose rock was too dangerous. My wife took our daughter down to the fire look out tower while I hiked to the summit. It was very difficult as I was off trail. It was very rewarding to get to the top and view all of the mountains from such an elevation. It was about 8800 feet up.

 

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